Ninth Generation


188. Nelson Brown HARRISON48 was born on 6 December 1884 in Illinois.47 He died on 1 January 1967 at the age of 82 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.74

It seems possible that Nelson was one of twins and the only one to survive.

12 Sep 1918 World War I Draft Registration
Nelson Harriosn lived at Chester, Crawford Co, AR; he was 33, born 6 Dec 1884. He was a railroad trackman, working for the Frisco Railroad Company. Myrtle Harrison, his wife, was his nearest relative. He signed with his mark.
Medium height & build, gray eyes, dark hair.

Records of Crawford Co AR Marriage Book H 1906-1911
Oma Cole & Lucille Pound
Nelson Harrison, age 21 m. Myrtle Osburn, age 17
8 Sep 1906 by W. B. Hobbs JP

Not found in the 1910 census.

1920 Census. Chester Twp, Crawford Co AR. Hh 47
Nelson Harrison, age 34, b. IL, father b. KY, mother b. IL., trackman on the Railroad
Myrtle, wife, age 30.
Vesta, dau, 12. Edith, dau, 9. Roy, son, 6. Kimbrel, son, age 4 and 6 months. Randel, son, age 1 and 11 months.

Nelson's household was the first enumerated in Chester Town in 1930. He was 44 and had married at age 21.
Nelson Harrison, 44, married at 21
Myrtle, wife, 41, married at 17
Roy, son, 17
Kimbrell, son, 14
Randall, son, 12
Virl, son, 10
Virginia, dau, 7
James, son, 5
Inez, dau, 2 years

1940 Census. Chester, Crawford, AR, ED 17-7, Sheet 1A, Hh 4
Nelson B. Harrison, 55, b. Illinois, renting but living in the same house as in 1935. He was a section-hand for the railroad. He only went through the 2nd grade.
Myrtle, age 51, wife, b. AR
Randall, son, age 22. laborer on a farm
Virl, son, age 20, working on a CCC Reforestation project
Virginia, dau, age 17
James E., son, 15
Inez, dau, 12
Anna M., dau, age 8

He had to register for the World War II Draft [the "old man's draft] Nelson Brown Harrison, lived Chester, Arkansas. He was 57, born 6 Dec 1884 in Schuyler Co, Ill. The person who would always know his address was Mrs. Myrtle Harrison of Chester. His employer was the Frisco Rail Road Co, St. Louis, Mo., but he was employed in Chester. He was 5'9" tall and weighed about 165 lbs. Gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion.
Dated 27 Apr 1942, Crawford Co, Arkansas.

Nelson and Myrtle are buried in the Chester Cemetery, Chester, AR.

FindAGrave:
Nelson Brown Harrison, 82 years old, at 1312 North 5th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas died Sunday, January 1, 1967 at his home. He lived at Chester, Arkansas for 70 years before moving to Fort Smith three years ago. He was born December 6, 1884 and was a retired section employee for the Frisco Railroad.
Survivors were four sons, Leroy of Booneville, Randall of Mountainburg, Virl of San Diego, California and James with the United States Army; four daughters, Anna of Fort Smith, Vesta and Virginia both of Mountainburg and Vera of Little Rock; one brother Ed of Oregon [Ed died in Oregon - in December of 1967]; one sister, Mrs. Cradduck of Mountainburg [Daughter Vesta was married to James Nathan Cradduck so I'm not sure about this sister]; 36 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Comunity church at Chester with M. C. Parrish the officiating minister. Burial was in Chester cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeal Home.
Grandsons served as casket bearers.

Nelson Brown HARRISON and Sarah Myrtle OSBURN were married on 8 September 1906 in Crawford County, Arkansas.48,75 Sarah Myrtle OSBURN, daughter of James L. OSBURN and Sarah Frances LEE, was born on 26 January 1889 in Arkansas.75,76 She died on 19 April 1948 at the age of 59 in Crawford County, Arkansas.76

Ancestry FamilyTree gives her parents as James Lewis Osburn and Sarah Frances Lee - her full name was listed as Sarah Myrtle Armetta Mae Osburn.

1900 Census. Crawford Co, AR, Dist 50, Hh 19
James L Orsburn, b. Feb 1852, age 48, married 25 years. Born KY as were his parents, Farmer
Sarah F., wife, b. Jan 1854, age 46, 15 children - 11 are living, b. AL, parents b. TN
William D., son, b. Feb 1881, age 19
Lula P., dau, b. Jan 1884, age 16
Maud J., dau, b. Feb 1886, age 14
Conner K., son, b. Nov 1887, age 12
Sarah M., dau, b. Jan 1889, age 11
Susan E., dau, b. Apr 1891, age 9
Lewis E., son, b. Feb 1893, age 7
Lillie, dau, b. Dec 1895, age 5
Marida Cook, Boarder, b. Feb 1834, age 66, Widow, b. AR, parents b. IN

Buried Chester Cemetery, Crawford Co, AR.

Nelson Brown HARRISON and Sarah Myrtle OSBURN had the following children:

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Vesta Hazel HARRISON was born on 5 August 1907 in Arkansas.75 She died on 8 June 1968 at the age of 60.

Married James Nathan Cradduck, 8 Dec 1939; she was Vesta Lockard at the time, so apparently this was a 2nd marriage.

James Nathan was the son of John Wesley Cradduck and Penelpha J. Phillips. Vesta was his 3rd wife, having married (1) Bertha Shields, and (2) Ella Louise Lane. He was born 29 Dec 1878, died 14 Nov 1945.

Vesta is buried Vaught Cemetery, Chester, Crawford, AR.
Nate Cradduck was the son of John Wesley Cradduck and Penelpha J. Phillips and was married first to Bertha Shields, second to Ella Louise Lane - his third wife was Vesta. James was born 29 Dec 1878, died 14 Nov 1945. He is buried Chester Cemetery.

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Edith Velma HARRISON48 was born in 1911 in Arkansas.75

In 1930, Edith Harrison was living with John W. & Vesta Furlow as a Servant.

1940 Census. Chester, Crawford, AR, Hh 30
Lived in same house in 1935
Vesta M. Furlow, age 51, Post Mistress, USPS
Edith Harrison, Housekeeper, 30

Married James Elmer Summers, 5 Oct 1940, Crawford Co, AR.

1945 Florida State Census, Kupfrians Park, Escambia Co.
James E. Summers, 44, b. AR, College Ed., Machinist
Edith, 35, b. AR
Velma, 3, b. Florida

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LeRoy Dorvan HARRISON was born on 20 January 1913 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.48,75 He died on 20 June 1971 at the age of 58.

"Roy" in the 1940 Census.
Chester, Crawford, AR, ED 17-7, p. 2B, Hh 37
LeRoy D Harrison, age 27, attended high school 3 years, b. Arkansas. He is working on WPA road construction.
Arrella M., wife age 21.
Velma, daughter, 2. Dorvan E., son age 10 months.

16 Oct 1940 World War II Draft Registration
LeRoy Dorvan Harrison of Chester, Crawford, AR was age 27, born 20 January 1913, in Chester. Arella Marie Harrison, wife, would always know his address. He was self employed.
5'8", 150 lb. Brown eyes, black hair, Missing rib, left side, Scar above left ankle.

Second marriage, 17 Oct 1950 to Bertha Marie Mahan, Crawford Co, AR. Both gave their residence as Boonville, Logan Co, AR.

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Kimbrel Kenneth HARRISON.

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Randall Devoy HARRISON was born on 1 October 1918 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.48,75 He died on 23 November 1972 at the age of 54 in Mountainburg, Crawford County, Arkansas.64

Age 1 11/12 in 1920 census.

16 Oct 1940 World War II Draft Registration
Randall Devoy Harrison of Chester, Crawford Co, AR was age 22, born 1 Oct 1918, Chester. Myrtle A. Harrison, his mother, would always know his address. No employment. 5'7", 135 lbs. Brown eyes, blonde hair.

Married Martha Shepherd, 22 March 1941, Crawford Co, AR. Martha was born 31 Jul 1921, died in May 1984, last address was Mountainburg.

World War II Enlistment, 21 Oct 1942, Little Rock, AR. Grammar school education; married.

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Virl Herbert HARRISON.

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Virginia L. HARRISON was born on 6 July 1922 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.48 She died on 10 May 1977 at the age of 54.

Probably this Virginia:
Married Rasho Meadows, 17 May 1943, Crawford Co. AR.

Virginia L. Harrison Meadows is buried Peters Cemetery, Mountainburg, Crawford Co, AR. Spouse was Rasho Meadows (1920-1944). She was born 6 July 1922, died 10 May 1977.

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viii.

James Edgar HARRISON was born on 24 November 1924 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.48

26 Dec 1942 World War II Draft Registration
James Edgar Harrison of Crawford Co, AR was age 18, born 24 Nov 1924 in Chester, Crawford Co, AR. Mrs. Myrtle Harrison of Chester would always know his address (mother). He was a Student, unemployed. 5'10", 135 lbs., Brown eyes & Hair.

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Vera Inez HARRISON.

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Anna Mae HARRISON.